Clip-grafts in microvascular decompression of the posterior fossa

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  • 1 Department of Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minnesota
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✓ A method is described for the protection of the trigeminal root from recurrent vascular irritation or compression after posterior fossa microvascular decompression. A vascular clip-graft, using a Sundt clip of suitable size, is applied to the sensory root of the trigeminal nerve. The technique has proven safe and effective in a series of nine patients followed for up to 28 months.

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